Roman Bronze Frog Statuette


A Roman frog statuette cast from bronze featuring the amphibian with all four legs slightly outstretched and its head perched up. Incisions have been made across the feet to emphasise the webbed partition. The statuette is mounted on a custom-made stand.

Date: Circa 1st-3rd century AD
Provenance: ‘The Ancient Menagerie Collection’ formerly the property of a Cambridgeshire lady, collected since the 1990s and acquired from auctions and dealers throughout Europe and the USA, now ex London collection.
Condition: Fine condition, patination and encrustation is visible to the surface. The measurements of the statuette itself; 1.5cm height, 3.5cm length


SKU: LD-587 Category: Tag:

The Romans associated frogs with harmony and life, they were sacred animals protected by Venus, connecting with the goddess’ licentiousness and fertility. The amphibious character of the frogs, living between water and earth, inspired Roman people to associate them with metamorphosis, transformation and regeneration. They were used as powerful charms in times of change. Frogs were also important characters in ancient mythology, in plays such as ‘The Frogs’, by Aristophanes and in the fables of Aesop and Phaedrus. In literature they are often portrayed as light-hearted and playful, they could be frivolous or quick to leap into things, rushing to decisions and usually getting in trouble.

For more information about the meanings of animals in Roman art, see our relevant blog post: Animal Symbolism in Roman Art.

Weight 42.9 g
Dimensions L 3.6 x W 3 x H 2.8 cm



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